Good vibes gone after Cards’ loss
TEMPE, Ariz. — Even with the outcome long decided, first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury left Kyler Murray in the game, letting his rookie quarterback take all the snaps until the frustrating, miserable end.
There isn’t much positive the Arizona Cardinals can take from their 34-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Kingsbury says he hopes the game can still be useful as the franchise tries to get back to winning ways.
“Even the negative experiences, you have to learn from, you have to get better from, and this was certainly one of those,” Kingsbury said.
Arizona (3-8-1) had been building momentum through much of the season until the Rams came to town. Even though there were more losses than wins, there was a general feeling that Murray was improving, Kingsbury was quickly learning how to call an NFL game, and the Cardinals were heading in the right direction.
The lopsided loss brought a halt to those good vibes in a hurry.
“We had the week off and felt like we were in good shape health-wise,” Kingsbury said. “But we didn’t coach well, didn’t play well and have to get it right this week.”
The Cardinals wasted little time shaking up the roster, releasing veteran cornerback Tramaine Brock Sr. and running back Zach Zenner. Brock started on Sunday, had played in 10 games this season and was sixth on the team with 37 tackles.
But the secondary had another rough day against the Rams, giving up 424 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Cardinals rank last in the NFL in passing defense, allowing more than 300 yards per game.